The Painter

His brush begs paint across the canvas

of moments yielding to desire

blending color wrought in like consent

both mixing pigment in the fire


the brush plunges in wanting of the paint

drinks the fevered color from the well

then moves across the canvas

directed by her spell


compliant canvas consumes the brush

vanguishing as she inhales

the gifting of communion

bequeathed beneath the veil





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b. Malin 5 years ago

"Colors wet, in shared complicity"...what a wonderful line to end such a Beautiful Poem.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very nice I think it is getting a bit hot in here though.


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No_Clue 5 years ago

Very beautiful, flowing, sensual piece, arb!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Just stopping by for a few minutes from my time away from HP to comment on some of my favorite writers;

Arb; this one takes my breath away…a masterpiece!


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Edlira 5 years ago

As a hobby painter, couldn't have described it better myself :-). Beautiful!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Hi b. what a lovely comment, thank you.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

hi susan! must be something in the air! Thanks!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

no_clue, It is a pleasure to see you here and thank you for the gracious comment.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Genna, I already miss you though I have played havoc with your hubs during your absence.

I am humbled by your comment, I so esteem your poetry. However, if I am masterpiece for a moment, it shall last me all my life. Thank you and be well.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Edlira, How are you! Thanks for the beautiful. be well


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

This was really nice arb! I got a metaphor out of this. I'm not sure what the metaphor is phor, but I got one! Beautiful arb!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

My pet poet - this makes my knees go weak. It's incredibly lovely and loving. You wield a painter's brush on a canvas as masterfully as you wield the words on the page. And letting it simply BE without further embellishment is simply perfect.

(Of course it gets my votes - but they are anticlamactic, really.)


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Being your pet poet weakens my knees. There is a fine line that you must consider in writing about certain things. Much must be left between the lines for the reader to color as they will. I am delighted that you found it lovely and loving as that was certainly the labor behind it. I also appreciate your notice of just letting it be. That delights me as well.

BTW, being your pet poet elevates my status in the world of unknowns and I shall cling to it as I address future writings. I'm sure that the empty page will confront me with greater respect in the future. Also your votes are anticlamactic, it is your comments that make my day.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

So Arb, I am not the only one who sees sensuality in all things! You know I loved this of course.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Hi Randy, I suspected you would. It was a fun write. thanks for reading and as always for the comment


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Very enjoyable arb,

MM


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Maggie May, thanks you for reading and as always, for the comment.be well


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Maggie May, thanks you for reading and as always, for the comment.be well


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Hello Maggie May, thanks you for reading and as always, for the comment.be well


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Alan - How pleased I am to see that my comments pleased you!

Of course, for the past week I've been with my house guests; then we all traveled to Claremore, right outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for several days while they were here. It was for a most enjoyable visit with another relative who doesn't have the internet. I didn't even take my laptop. All the days we had together were full of non-stop talking, anyway. My house guests were a niece of George's and her husband and we visited one of her sisters and her family. These are sisters of the nephew whom I mentioned who lives in Corvallis, in fact. My guests are probably landing back home in California about now. The house seems quite empty, except for the squirrels in the walls! :-)

I've missed HP and the satisfaction of interchange between each other this past week. Of course, "eyeball to eyeball" exchanges are wonderful and were very much enjoyed. That was his designation of what my George always preferred, in fact. He never got into much online beyond information and business-kinds of activities. He "met" some of my online friends, and with me as his typist-translator for some conversations, he became a bit acquainted, at least enough that when we had real-live get togethers with them, he already knew them a bit.

Yes - your "Painting" is very descriptive, and at least partly wordlessly - as you say - to be "colored" by the reader as suits. The colors range from pastels to vivid and back to pastel, rising and falling like the tide and ebb or crescendo and decrescendo in music. But color suits best in a painting, though other senses are also stirred. I really love it. It is among my most favorite poems now, in fact! Thank you for sharing it!


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4elements 5 years ago

it was very descriptive. I could see how that would be a painters love song.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

I agree Arb. Such a great ending and well written poem.


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Oh my, you are a talent. I am now a fan. Voted up and beautiful.


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

Very nicely done. I thought I would return a favor in a comment you left on a piece about angels and pens. I am now glad that I did. Well met again and so well met.

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